No Bounds Festival announces full line-up and programme for 2022 edition

Sheffield’s No Bounds festival has added more artists and new venues to its 2022 programme.

Craig Richards and Calibre are confirmed for a back-to-back, as well as sets from Yazzus, LTJ Bukem, Tailor Jae, Ifeoluwa, Palms Trax, DJ Fart In The Club, Mun Sing, and I. JORDAN, among others. Live performance additions include Nik Nak, Wanton Witch, Polinski and the premiere of Rian Treanor and Ocen’s live collaborative show. 

The new format of the Mark Fell-curated “Closing Sequence” will see sets from Beatrice Dillon and Nakul Krushnamurthy, as well as performances from Working Men’s Club, Explore Ensemble, Charla Green and more. 

Among the new venues for the Sheffield-showcasing weekender is the brutalist Moore Street Electricity Substation, which has only been used by another organisation for an event once before. It’ll host an exhibition in collaboration with the SADACCA (Sheffield And District Afro Caribbean Community Association) curated by Amy Carter Gordon. DIY venue Delicious Clam and the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre will also hold festival events.

The sixth edition of No Bounds festival will take place at venues across Sheffield from 14th to 16th October. Already announced acts include Helena Hauff, dBridge, Deena Abdelwahed, Lyzza, and SHERELLE & Kode9. 

Find more information on No Bounds’ website and check out the line-up below.

Tresor Records announces Drexciya catalogue special edition reissue

Tresor Records is preparing special editions of its Drexciya catalogue to mark the 20th anniversary of co-founder James Stinson’s passing and the releases of the electro pioneers’ ‘Transllusion’ and ‘Shifted Phases’ albums.

First up in the reissue series will be ‘Neptune’s Lair’, out 2nd September and originally released by Stinson and Gerald Donald in 1999. The updated ‘Hydro Doorways’ single will arrive later that month. Following the September releases, the special editions will come out over the next six months: ‘Harnessed The Storm’ and ‘Digital Tsunami’ coming in November; the two ‘Transllusion’ records ‘The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate’ and single ‘Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter’ in February 2023; and ‘Shifted Phases – The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope’ to close out the anniversary rereleases in March 2023. 

Each of the reissues will have new artwork by Detroit-based artist Matthew Angelo Harrison who will combine the Drexciyan mythology with the Black American experience and the history of labour in the US using his abstract aesthetic aided by 3-D printing and digital graphic technology. 

Check out ‘Neptune’s Lair’ on Bandcamp.

Hudson Mohawke announces new album, ‘Cry Sugar’, shares megamix video: Watch

Hudson Mohawke is releasing his third album, called ‘Cry Sugar’, later this summer. Watch a megamix video for the LP and listen to lead single ‘Bicstan’ below. 

Out via Warp Records on 12th August, ‘Cry Sugar’ is inspired by “apocalyptic” film scores and soundtracks, like the works of the late Vangelis and the John Williams’ peak ’90s material. According to the press release, the 19-track double-LP “score[s] the twilight of our cultural meltdown.”

This isn’t Hudson Mohawke’s first score-related release of the year; in February his theatrical rework of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde’ was performed at Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre. He also revived his Valentine’s Day Slow Jams mix series for LuckyMe that month.

Revisit Amy Fielding’s cover feature on Hudson Mohawke from September 2020.

Listen to the track ‘Bicstan’ on Bandcamp, and check out the album’s megamix video, directed by kingcon2k11.

Bicep release new track, announce biggest UK show to date at Alexandra Palace: Watch

Bicep have announced the release of a new track, ‘Mele (II)’, as well as their biggest UK show to date at Alexandra Palace on 3rd December 2022.

‘Mele (II)’ is out now, and is a rework of ‘Meli (I)’, from the deluxe version of their January released album, ‘Isles’.

Speaking about the track in the press release announcing the track, the duo said, “’Meli (I)’ was a beatless track on ‘Isles Deluxe’. Truth be told we just couldn’t get a drum version right in the studio throughout the pandemic, there were many failed demo versions whilst we were working on ‘Isles’, it just never felt like it worked.

“We always knew there was room for this version though, hence naming the original ‘Meli (I)’. ‘Meli (II)’ was formed slowly on the road. Each week we changed the drums a bit, the structure and generally allowed the crowd to inform the process. It was great to grow the track in this way, it felt like a very organic way of working.”

Tickets for Bicep’s show at Alexandra Palace on 3rd December 2022 go on sale this Friday 1st July here. You can watch Bicep perform ‘Mele (II)’ on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2022 below and listen to it here.

Hï Ibiza voted world’s No.1 club in DJ Mag Top 100 clubs poll 2022

Hï Ibiza has been voted the World’s No.1 Club in this year’s Top 100 Clubs poll.

Top 100 Clubs is a celebration of the world’s definitive dancefloors, ranked entirely by votes from DJ Mag’s global audience. More than 600,000 verified votes were counted in this year’s poll.

Top 100 Clubs typically runs from December-April, but has been delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, as restrictions ease and the electronic music world opens up again, clubs in many countries are gladly returning to some semblance of normality. 

Voting opened on 9th March at 12:00 GMT and ran until 11th May at 23:59 BST. The results were announced today (28th June) via a countdown on our social media channels.

“We’ve waited a long time to welcome our worldwide music family back to Hï Ibiza,” said Yann Pissenem, CEO and founder of The Night League, the company that presides over both Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza. “So it was an amazing feeling to open the club doors on April 30th for our first opening party in two years, titled Better Together — a celebration of opening both Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, as well as the return to the dancefloor and Ibiza for thousands of excited clubbers.”

It’s been a long anticipated moment for this year’s Top 100 Clubs winner. And loyal clubbers were rewarded with the fruits of Hï Ibiza’s lockdown freshen-up. First up is the giant mural by Argentinian-Spanish street artist Felipe Pantone, which adds a vivacious splash of colour to the club’s entrance. Inside, a rebuild of the stage means it now covers the full width of the venue, making the setup fully customisable for each party. A brand new high-resolution, full-width LED screen has also been added, allowing for bespoke visuals. And the club’s ‘The Twist’ lighting structure, which ran down each side of the venue, has been replaced with three hundred lights covering the walls and ceilings, their different sequences of colour allowing an incredible array of effects and atmospheres. Accompanying all of this is a brand-new, bespoke L-Acoustics soundsystem, ensuring that Hï Ibiza is at the cutting edge of world-beating sound.

All this merely augments the venue’s already stunning design. Main room, The Theatre, is based around an Italian amphitheatre, its dancefloor surrounded by a raised terrace hosting the VIP area. As well as boasting six BB4 lasers, a CO2 Megatron and confetti fans in the ceiling, its production is bespoke for each party. The Club Room then offers an underground vibe. With the low ceiling giving it an intimate closeness, accentuated by a dancefloor-level DJ booth, its darkness is punctuated by lighting that sends out hundreds of coloured beams. The Wild Corner, meanwhile, is a unisex bathroom that also boasts a DJ booth — big-name guests often drop in for unannounced DJ sets — and The Magic Garden and The Secret Garden are two outdoor spaces for alfresco adventures or simply chilling out. There’s also an outdoor rooftop terrace and bar when you need to escape the crowds. Into this comes the club’s biggest line-up so far, not only welcoming back favourite residents from previous seasons, but also hosting new residencies in both The Theatre and the Club Room.

“Hï Ibiza is a venue where everyone is welcome,” said Pissenem when speaking about winning DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs. “From locals to seasoned clubbers and all those that have a love for the music and the island. We want people to dance, smile, feel free and go home rejuvenated. We’re already deep into planning for 2023 as well, with many exciting changes and improvements. But, for now, we’re focused on making this our best summer ever!”

Tomorrowland announces fantasy fiction series

Tomorrowland is expanding on the fantastical themes of its festivals in a series of novels, currently in development. 

The Belgian festival giant is partnering with literary agency Janklow & Nesbit and United Talent Agency for book-to-screen options for the fantasy fiction trilogy, announced on 22nd June.

According to agent Paul Lucas, Tomorrowland “has managed to successfully knit that unique magic together with their core values of unity, hope, love, nature and health in an enchanting first novel of a trilogy.” 

“Every year Tomorrowland presents a new festival theme, which comes to life via a beautiful trailer, at the legendary Mainstage and throughout the festival grounds,” Tomorrowland founder Michiel Beers said in a statement. “As the stories of each theme cannot be expressed fully during the festival, we have dreamt for years of taking more time to develop them.”

That’s the only hint about the content of the series right now, though Lucas intends for the trilogy to have crossover appeal with fantasy fiction fans as well as Tomorrowland’s loyal festivalgoers.

Tomorrowland’s 2022 flagship festival takes place in just over two weeks, from 15th July through 29th July at Boom in Belgium. The full timetable for the 800+ artists is out now. 

Tomorrowland will also expand this summer with a new programme of production and DJ education courses for kids and adults. Find more information here.

Photo credit: Facebook

Moore Kismet realizes their boundless potential on debut LP, ‘UNIVERSE’

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They’ve been called a wunderkind before—but Moore Kismet has never really subscribed to labels, and, producing in a manner far more advanced than their age would suggest, perhaps the only word adequate to describe Kismet now is… special.

The rising producer, named Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist in 2020, has handed in a brilliantly composed 17-track debut album, UNIVERSE, representing a song for each year of the young producer’s life. Cementing them as one of dance music’s brightest torch carriers of the moment, Kismet’s UNIVERSE plays like a sprawling tapestry that reflects the emerging star’s developing sonic palate—a journey through thundering, textured bass breaks tempered by airy pockets of beaming synthwork. Traversing through tidal waves and calmatives reprieves, Moore Kismet’s introductory studio album captures all of the auditory diversity that has made Kismet such a magnetizing talent to watch.

The long-awaited album, expertly delivered as a steady stream of singles over more than a year, comes together as a comprehensive collection of market-tested singles that paints a comprehensive play-by-play of Kismet’s come up over the last 18 months. And that’s to say nothing of becoming one of the youngest performers to ever play EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, along with tentpole performances at Coachella‘s DoLab and Ultra Music Festival in the same timespan.

One listen to UNIVERSE, and it is clear the world is in the palm of Moore Kismet’s hand. The LP signals to boundless growth still ahead for its young, bright-eyed producer, while perhaps somewhat idealistically, pointing to a very bright future ahead for electronic music as a broader whole.

Featured image: DNZ Media

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Watch Jamz Supernova live from DJ Mag HQ, this Friday

This Friday (1st July) we welcome Jamz Supernova to DJ Mag HQ for a 60-minute livestream.

A multifaceted DJ, broadcaster at BBC Radio 1Xtra and Selector Radio, Future Bounce label boss and all-round champion of the scene, Jamz Supernova is one of UK dance music’s busiest stars. In the midst of a busy summer that’ll see her bring her energising and percussive sound to festivals such as Beat Herder and We Out Here, as well as dominating the airwaves, she’ll be stopping by DJ Mag HQ on Friday to remind us all just what she’s all about.

Revisit our 2021 cover interview with Jamz here, and watch her share some tips on her DJ technique here.

You can sign up to come to DJ Mag HQ for free here.

We’ll be announcing more streams in the coming weeks. You can keep up to date with announcements via DJ Mag’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels.

Tune in to Jamz Supernova’s set below on Friday at 17:30.

Weddell seal vocalizations are cooler than your synthesizer, and we’re still learning more

When it comes to chilly polar sounds, it’s tough to top the incredible Antarctic Weddell seal. These creatures live in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth, above and below sea ice – and scientists are discovering more and more about their audible and inaudible vocalizations.

Even in the audible spectrum, the Weddell seals make some otherworldly trills and whistles. Researchers in 1982 described some 34 different types of calls just in the frequency range of human hearing.

The breakthrough discovery announced in 2020 was that Weddell seals also make ultrasonic calls – including when they’re under the polar ice, where they’re able to swim up to about 80 minutes on a single breath. Even the researchers thought of ARP synthesizers. (Okay, they’re not synth nerds, so they said “Star Wars” but – they’re not wrong.) Captured on a digital hydrophone, their ultransensitive broadband mic picked up high-pitched sounds that a standard mic (and our ears) missed.

Watch/listen (yep, I smashed that “subscribe” button – Antarctica me, please):

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Not only that, but the team says the ultrasonic calls are used frequently. And the researchers got really excited, as evidenced by the video and these articles (worth reading, and very accessible to laypersons, speaking as someone who sadly did not pursue a childhood fantasy of oceonography):

UO team finds Weddell seals make unheard-of sounds [University of Oregon]

Inaudible Melodies – Weddell seals produce ultrasonic vocalizations! [McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory, Antractica]

Want the actual science writing? Here you go:

Weddell seals produce ultrasonic vocalizations [The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America … careful, seeing some of the attached links you might just subscribe]

Specifically, from the abstract – and while we may not all be seal nerds, we’re sound nerds, so we can read this (in case you want to calibrate your Eurorack for underwater Antarctic seal performances):

Nine recurrent call types were identified that were composed of single or multiple vocal elements whose fundamental frequencies spanned the ultrasonic range to nearly 50 kHz. Eleven vocal elements had ultrasonic center frequencies (≥20 kHz), including chirps, whistles, and trills, with two elements at >30 kHz. Six elements had fundamental frequencies always >21 kHz. The fundamental frequency of one repetitive U-shaped whistle element reached 44.2 kHz and descending chirps (≥3.6 ms duration) commenced at ≤49.8 kHz. The source amplitude of one fully ultrasonic chirp element (29.5 kHz center frequency) was 137 dB re 1 μPa-m. Harmonics of some vocalizations exceeded 200 kHz. Ultrasonic vocalizations occurred throughout the year with the usage of repetitive ultrasonic chirp-based calls appearing to dominate in winter darkness. The functional significance of these high-frequency vocalizations is unknown.

Here’s just one of nine types, visualized – source.
And here, over a ten-minute span, you see the various regular “ultrasonic” calls they make (ultrasonic to us, obviously not to the seals). Full blog post.

If it just seems like this is a completely off-topic side-trip into oceanography and random seal footage, it’s … well, it is definitely that, but not only that.

This question of what the researchers missed – and how the seals communicate – demonstrates how anthropocentric our definition of sound really is. Many dictionary definitions of sound even determine sound not only by characterizing their vibrations but by those vibrations being audible in human hearing. Since not all human hearing is the same, that created a logical quandary of the “tree falling in the forest” variety – does that mean as our hearing ages and we lose parts of the spectrum sound ceases to exist, for instance?

Here’s a case where technology can open our perception; the researchers benefited from a mic that had a frequency spectrum greater than their hearing. And it should be clear that the “seal” definition of sound would be broader than ours. This also has relevance in quantum physics; as I wrote a few years ago, we might soon redefine sound around other forms of waves, as with gravitational waves, especially as technology is able to translate those into our human perception.

Reorienting culture, philosophy, and design beyond human-centered frames was an ongoing thread at this month’s Fiber Festival in Amsterdam. Researcher Colette Aliman specifically spoke to this question of non-human sounds and communication, and reminded me of the Weddell seals as an example. Also featured at Fiber and well worth checking out – see the Queer Ecology collective / research on similar directions.

With the Weddell seals, though, you also see some potential for musicians and sound synthesists to aid in translating animal sounds to human hearing and even actively engaging in forms of sound production and perception that previously were impossible for humans. That’s a conversation I hope we do have, particularly as our planet enters a crescendo of crises.

Photo credits: Michael Lucibella / McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory.

Oh, PS, McMurdo’s livestream is off the air, but they still do some streaming events. I want that more than DJ streams, for sure.

Want more seal sounds? Well, the researchers say they fell asleep listening to these; bet we can, too.

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Sounds wild even above-ground in human-audible ranges:

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Berghain outlines harm reduction and welfare protocols amid spiking reports

Berghain has shared resources for harm-reduction practices and guidelines for clubgoers in response to reports of drug and needle spiking at the venue and others.

The famed Berlin venue directly addressed the reports on its website under the heading, “For a safe togetherness“. 

The post reads: “‘Take care of each other and respect other people’s personal space — previously unwritten rules need to be spoken out due to a rise in needle/drink-spiking of clubgoers. While it is important to note that such unwitting, non-consensual and devious assaults happen rarely, every case is one too much — encroaching behaviour is not acceptable, drugging others is a crime and dangerous: offenders are being permanently removed from the premises and reported to authorities.”

The guide covers general advice for attendees, like keeping companions informed of what you consume, the importance of hydrating and resting, and encourages staying informed about substances in circulation via the KnowDrugs app. There’s also an extended list of Berlin-based safety, violence and health-related resources and organisations, such as the Berlin Crisis Service, Outpatient Clinic for the Protection Against Violence, Victim Support Berlin and Walk Home Phone.

It also shares protocols for what to do if you or a friend has been assaulted, is feeling unwell or suspects they may have been spiked at Berghain. The guide prompts people to “get immediate help”, medical and emotional, and “involve any of our staff”, as well as to take note of any physical evidence and details from the incident. For those helping others, the guide stresses the importance of not offering “self-medication” if a fellow clubgoer appears unwell, respecting peoples’ personal space when they might be overwhelmed and to help people affected speak to staff and get medical attention. 

Earlier in June, Resident Advisor shared an account by the artist Zanias, who said she was spiked with a needle at Berghain, and heard from 30 more people with similar experiences, with two of those also occurring at Berghain. Read the RA report in full here. In late 2021, there were multiple reports of spiking in clubs throughout the UK, prompting a parliamentary inquiry.

Read the complete harm-reduction guide on Berghain’s website.